The Kindle is the basic model of the popular e-reader line. This year’s model weighs just 5.7 ounces — which means it’s 16 percent lighter, but also 11 percent thinner than the previous model. There’s not much else that has changed in design, but internally you’ll find double the RAM — bringing it up to 512MB. The new model also lets you take and share notes — you can share highlighted sections and quotes to your social media networks. It also features Bluetooth audio which can boost accessibility with VoiceView — a tool that reads out everything on your screen.
That’s not the only news Amazon is serving up — the 2015 Kindle Paperwhite is also now available in white. It seems like a no-brainer, and it’s surprising that Paperwhite wasn’t previously offered in, well, the color of paper.
The new Kindle comes at the same price as its predecessor — $80, and of course it’s available for pre-order now on Amazon. For a refresher — the Kindle doesn’t have a built-in light, comes packed with 4GB of storage, and features a 6-inch display. The device ships out on July 7.
Amazon recently unveiled its 2016 flagship Kindle model — the Oasis. While it wasn’t waterproof like the name may suggest, it featured an all new design and form factor, and a leather battery cover. We liked it, and you can read more of our thorough review here.